Prologue -- Cadre, September 1966 -- Taming, plebe year, 1963-1964 -- Wearing of the ring, September 1966-January 1967 -- Ten, February-June 1967
Here is Pat Conroy's powerful, captivating, and highly acclaimed bestseller. He sweeps us into the turbulent world of four young men--friends, cadets, and bloodbrothers--and their days of hazing, heartbreak, pride, and betrayal. We go deeply into the heart of the novel's hero, Will McLean, a rebellious outsider with his own personal code of honor, who is battling into manhood the hard way. Immersed in a poignant love affair with a haunting beauty, Will must boldly confront the terrifying injustice of a corrupt institution as he struggles to expose a mysterious group known as "The Ten." A South Carolina military school is the setting of this novel about a young man trying to cope with a system of harsh rules and regulations. A novel you will never forget. This powerful and breathtaking novel is the story of four cadets who have become bloodbrothers. Together they will encounter the hell of hazing and the rabid, raunchy and dangerously secretive atmosphere of an arrogant and proud military institute. They will experience the violence. The passion. The rage. The friendship. The loyalty. The betrayal. Together, they will brace themselves for the brutal transition to manhood ... and one will not survive. With all the dramatic brilliance he brought to The Great Santini, Pat Conroy sweeps you into the turbulent world of these four friends--and draws you deep into the heart of his rebellious hero, Will McLean, an outsider forging his personal code of honor, who falls in love with a whimsical beauty ... and who undergoes a transition more remarkable then he ever imagined possible
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